Small business optimism at three-year high, with $140B in spending to come in 2018: BDC study

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada are showing a renewed confidence in their future prospects, according to the Business Development of Canada’s (BDC) newly released study, Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Outlook for 2018.The cross-Canada report reveals that business optimism is at its highest point of the past three years. Overall, the upswing is attribu [...]

16 January 2018

Canada’s comeback and the skills challenge: what we need for growth

Like other G7 countries around the world, Canada has experienced years of stagnant growth since the 2008 global financial crisis. But, as the international economy improves, it appears Canada is not only ready for a comeback, it is poised to outpace the growth of the other nations.Unlike economic upturns in the past, it won’t be traditional infrastructure spending, natural resource dev [...]

20 November 2017

Let’s not miss our chance: what Canada needs to do to secure its AI moment

Recent headlines suggest that Canada is destined to become a global leader in taking artificial intelligence to the next level. If you were to believe all the media hype, it would be simple to imagine AI becoming known world-wide as a distinctly Canadian export.This optimism is not unfounded. Canada is home to many of contemporary AI’s “godfathers.”  We have — and continue t [...]

20 November 2017

How to retrain a marketing department to be pro-active and productive

I was having a second coffee with a former student of mine, now the head of marketing at a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validating solutions and scaling sales and marketing. All good news. But he was getting uneasy that as his headcount was growing, the productivity of his ma [...]

06 November 2017

In fierce battle for tech talent, one startup founder tries $1M pay for engineers

China may have a reputation for low wages and sprawling factories. But in a sign of changing times, one startup founder has embraced a strategy of paying top employees the highest salaries in the market — and so far it’s working.Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Today’s Headline [...]

03 October 2017